Several House Republican leaders signed a letter demanding House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) remove Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) from the House Intelligence Committee after a report found he was targeted by a suspected Chinese Communist Party (CCP) spy.
“We write to you today out of concern with Congressman Eric Swalwell’s reported, close contacts with a Chinese Communist Party spy recently reported by Axios. Because of Rep. Swalwell’s position on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence [HPSCI], his close interactions with Chinese intelligence services, however unintentional they may be, are an unacceptable national security risk,” the Republicans told Pelosi.
The Republicans – including Reps. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), Steve Scalise (R-La.), Jody Hice (R-Ga.), Jim Banks (R-Ind.) and Chip Roy (R-Texas) – noted that the House Intelligence Committee “handles some of the most sensitive information our government possesses – information critical to our national defense.” Scalise is the House minority whip, and Cheney is the House Republican conference chair, the third-highest position in Republican House leadership.
“As such,” they added, “we urge you to immediately remove Rep. Swalwell from his position on the House Intelligence Committee,” according to the Washington Examiner. Read more…